For the third installment in the Pearl Chase Society’s Kellam de Forest Speaker Series, author Douglas Woods will discuss the transformation of Santa Barbara’s architecture following the great earthquake of 1925 to a model Spanish Revival-style city.

A small stucco house with red tile roof in a desert-like setting exemplifies speaker Douglas Woods' talk about The California Casa.
The California Casa is the title of Douglas Woods talk, which is part of the Kellam de Forest Speaker Series. Credit: Courtesy photo

The talk, 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, June 9 at Carrillo Recreation Center, is titled The California Casa.

For more information, or to make a reservation, call 805-403-7053. A $5 donation is recommended.

Woods will talk about the Spanish Colonial Revival style and its influence on Southern California residential architecture.

This more resilient architecture composed of adobe, stucco, stone and clay also connected the thread to the city’s Spanish heritage and romanticized past.

Woods’ presentation will include a slideshow of examples of this distinctive style from San Diego to Santa Barbara.

Woods, a Los Angeles native and now full-time Santa Barbara resident, has spent more than 20 years exploring architecture and interiors around Southern California.

He has written four books on the subject, including “The California Casa” and “Classic Homes of Los Angeles,” and with his wife Allegra, has edited other publications for Rizzoli International Publications.

Woods is currently working on a volume about great period revival houses and special gardens in the Santa Barbara region.

The Pearl Chase Society is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit conservancy dedicated to preserving Santa Barbara’s historic architecture, landscapes and cultural heritage.

Established in 1998, the Pearl Chase Society advances the founding vision of Pearl Chase. It engages in charitable and educational activities to promote and preserve Santa Barbara’s historic sites of rare value and community interest.

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